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    • Lynn Williamson and Jim Pecora of the Free Library of Philadelphia at Coleman Library. (Emily Brooks/for NewsWorks)

Germantown plans for a summer without a neighborhood library

Members of the Germantown community and library staff  gathered in the meeting room of the Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library on Wednesday to come up with a contingency plan for…

    • Vacant land behind the former site of the Queen Lane Apartments is part of the proposed play space area. (Jimmy Viola/for NewsWorks, file)

PHA agrees to maintain outdoor space near Queen Lane apartments site

They came ready for a fight, but walked away with a compromise. On Thursday, Germantown residents packed courtroom 414 in City Hall for the start of a trial aimed, on paper,…

    • South 13th Street puddle, Photo by Philadelphia Photos

Streets Dept. Summer Construction Update: Potholes (still), 41st Bridge, trails, roads and more

Every now and again, we like to check in with Philadelphia Streets Department Chief Engineer, Darin Gatti, to find out what the boys in neon green and safety-cone orange are up…

    • PennDOT has announced 86 new and increased bridge weight restrictions in the five-county region

PennDOT launches public outreach for 2017 12-Year Program

PennDOT is kicking off its biannual update to its Twelve Year Program, which is not to be confused with a twelve-step program. While the TYP and the similarly named, much…

    • New Norman Foster designed Comcast tower currently under construction pursued a

Campaigning for more benefits from Comcast ahead of next franchise agreement

Later this year, City Council will begin a series of hearings on the city’s next 15-year franchise agreement with Comcast. The agreement, which expires this year, gives the company access to…

    • Licenses and Inspections team

Nutter Administration says L&I trainees' work was meant to update previous inspections

The Nutter Administration said on Monday that 600 building inspections performed in one week last month were part of a training exercise for nine new employees who were steps away from…

    • Willow Grove Ave Bridge corrosion, photo courtesy of the Streets Dept.

Councilman hopes to empower city to repair roads and bridges it doesn't own

Councilman David Oh introduced a bill in City Council on Thursday that would empower the Streets Department to repair and maintain roads, bridges, and other byways outside its traditional jurisdiction. The…

    • The former Buck Hosiery factory's rubble and charred remains.

Nutter budget would bolster L&I, expand vacant property unit

In his final budget proposal as mayor, Michael Nutter is recommending a $5.5 million increase for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the agency responsible for enforcing the building and zoning…

    • Trains to New Jersey

DRPA doings: Board drops Johnny Doc, Riverlink Ferry; gains wifi and SEPTA Key access

This morning's Delaware River Port Authority board meeting was about as jam-packed and exciting as transportation authority board meetings can get, replete with (extremely respectful) demonstrators, (long-planned) approvals for major projects,…

    • Leslie Richards

Tom Wolf picks MontCo Commissioner and DVRPC Chair Leslie Richards to head PennDOT

Governor-elect Tom Wolf announced today his choice for Department of Transportion secretary: Montgomery County Commissioner and Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Chair Leslie Richards. She will need to be confirmed by…

    • The Streets Department plans to replace the bridge beginning late next year

P3 project to replace 558 PennDOT bridges starting this summer

PennDOT has finalized the contract terms for its $899 million Rapid Bridge Replacement project with Plenary Walsh Keystone Partnership. With the legal details set and contracts signed, construction to replace 558…

    • Boardwalk on the Schuylkill

How the "boardwalk' creates new connectivity

It's a glorious fall day and you have a breakfast meeting at 15th and Walnut. But your office is in the University of Pennsylvania Health complex. You usually count on the…

    • An aerial view of Klyde Warren Park (photo credit Kye R. Lee, Dallas News)

Restore Logan Square: a "Big D" leadership challenge for Philadelphia

This article was co-published by PlanPhilly and urban form website this old city A freeway that once hacked through downtown like a meat cleaver now holds 300 trees and a dog…

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New bills focus on housing affordability, zoning remapping

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill Thursday morning that would extend access to the city’s Longtime Owner Occupants Program (LOOP) to people who live in government-subsidized housing. Previously, the program, which…

    • The Queen Lane Apartments tower, as reflected in the windows of nearby Mt. Moriah Church. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Queen Lane Apartments implosion part of PHA's ongoing citywide initiative [video]

The Sept. 13 demolition of the Queen Lane Apartments will be one in a long line of landscape-changing actions by the Philadelphia Housing Authority to replace an aging, obsolete, affordable-housing design.…

    • Green stormwater management at Nebinger School, Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Water Department

New water department grant program targeting stormwater management on commercial sites may create new type of Philly business

A rain garden. Photo courtesy PWD. As part of a continuing effort to convince commercial property owners to delay the rain that falls on their property from entering an overwhelmed sewer…

    • University City High School

Deal reached on University City High School

Drexel University reached a deal with Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s office and several community groups over the zoning of the 14-acre parcel housing the former University City High School Thursday morning. The…

    • Breaking ground on Paseo Verde near Temple University train station

Treasury awards $141 million in tax credits to local development funds

The U.S. Department of Treasury has awarded millions of dollars in New Markets Tax Credits to the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), The Reinvestment Fund (TRF), and Local Initiatives Support Corporation…

    • Gothic detail atop the old West Philadelphia High School | PlanPhilly

FORUMS POSTPONED: What is the future for Philly’s closed school buildings? An invitation to have input in the process

SCHOOL FORUMS FOR MAY 6 and MAY 12 HAVE BEEN POSTPONED   The Philadelphia School District will continue to repurpose closed buildings for new uses to prevent vacant, outdated buildings from…

    • Reinventing Older Communities

Federal Reserve 2014 Reinventing Older Communities Conference

From start to finish, this is one event you don’t want to miss. The Philadelphia Fed’s Reinventing Older Communities conference, Bridging Growth & Opportunity, will be held Monday, May 12,…

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